Be not over-righteous, nor show thyself too wise, why art thou desolate?
Ecclesiastes 7:16 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Why shouldest thou destroy thyself? - תשומם tishshomem, make thyself desolate, so that thou shalt be obliged to stand alone; neither make thyself over-wise, תתחכם tithchaccam, do not pretend to abundance of wisdom. Why shouldest thou be so singular? In other words, and in modern language, "There is no need of all this watching, fasting, praying, self-denial, etc., you carry things to extremes. Why should you wish to be reputed singular and precise?" To this the man of God answers:
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Matthew 9:14 Then came to him the disciples of John, saying, Why do we and the Pharisees fast oft, but your disciples fast not?
Matthew 15:2 Why do your disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for they wash not their hands when they eat bread.
Matthew 23:5,23,24,29 But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments...
Luke 18:12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.
Romans 10:2 For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.
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Job 11:12 For vain men would be wise, though man be born like a wild ass's colt.
Job 28:28 And to man he said, Behold, the fear of the LORD, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.
Proverbs 23:4 Labor not to be rich: cease from your own wisdom.
Romans 11:25 For I would not, brothers, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own conceits...
Romans 12:3 For I say, through the grace given to me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think...
1 Corinthians 3:18,20 Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seems to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise...
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James 3:13-17 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him show out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom...
Matthew 23:38 Behold, your house is left to you desolate.
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